The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has issued a burn ban for 54 counties within the state of Georgia. The ban began May 1 and will remain in effect through September 30.
Each year, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) imposes an outdoor burning ban in order to limit pollutants that contribute to unhealthy ozone levels. Ozone levels increase during warmer weather and, consequently, open burning in metro Atlanta and other larger counties is restricted during the warmer months of the year.
While the burn ban is in effect, no burning of trees, limbs or other yard waste is allowed.
The use of BBQ grills is allowed and does not require a permit. However, the Gwinnett County Fire Ordinance does prohibit the use of BBQ grills on the balconies of apartment buildings.
The following types of outdoor burning are allowed with a permit:
- Forestry prescribed burns or fires for agricultural practices in areas zoned RA-200/ residential agricultural.
- Bonfires sponsored by educational, civic, religious or other groups.
- Fires used in the training of firefighting personnel.